Help! save the Balcony Cafe @The Glasgow climbing

by Liam Mcalpine in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Help! save the Balcony Cafe @The Glasgow climbing

Total raised £12,341

raised so far



We need your Help! For years we have been described as a hidden gem. We can hide no more, Help us survive this crisis.

by Liam Mcalpine in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 23rd August 2020 we'd raised £12,156 with 307 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

The extra money would be used to buy extra kitchen equipment to make our dishes even more special !

Hi Everyone.  

We need your help.

My Name is Liam Mcalpine.  I have been a passionate foodie all my life and a chef for the last 16 years.   I have been head chef at the Balcony cafe within the Glasgow Climbing Centre for almost 10 years.  Together with my partner Louise we also run both the Balcony cafe and  the amazing Flavabomb project kitchen.   A taster menu event held in and around Glasgow. 

The last few weeks have been some of the most stressful moments in of our lives.  I have definitely felt the pressure.  I am a super positive person and can see all the messages of support and kind words from all our amazing customers and i am grateful for them all. You guys are keeping me going.  

With a new baby on the way and no date in sight for when we can officially open I have taken the risky move of taking ownership of The Balcony Cafe for myself.   For many weeks it was a real possibility that we would never open again.   Today I sit here typing these words completely encouraged and focused on the task of safe guarding my staff and also my families future.    

Pressure creates diamonds.  

I am not asking for charity just a small hand to get us off the ground.  By pre paying for a brunch, a cake or even a spot on our Flavabomb project events you are allowing us to safe guard our future.  

You will be reading this and perhaps you have never even been to the cafe or the project. You really are the person that can make a difference.  If you have met me,  you will have seen my passion and willingness to share recipes or even one of my wee videos and taken some of my knowledge bombs or Flavabomb tips.   

Now is your chance. Be a hero.  Make a donation. Like or share one of our posts. Spread the word and help us get our name out there. 

Support a local business. 

Lots of Love Liam, Louise, Molly, bump and the whole cafe team past and present 


This project offered rewards

£25 or more

£25 Brunch munch for 2

1 snack to munch while you wait. Select any 2 mains from our brunch menu. 2 drinks hot or cold and slice of cake to share. Our brunch menu is served 12-4pm Tue- Friday and All day over the weekend.

£8 or more

Small bag of coffee (with special bonus)

To be picked up from the cafe. Small bag of our own Flavour bomb coffee roasted here in Glasgow by the amazing Faodail Roastery. If you collect before 4pm Tuesday - Friday we will also give you a free coffee on the house.

£10 or more

Lunch mega deal

Enjoy the ultimate lunch. Soup and a sandwich, and unlimited coffee all for £10 Lunch served Tuesday - Friday 12-4

£15 or more

Donation for our best recipes

We have been opened for over 10 years and have amazed a massive amount of climbing centre classic dishes. ( Digital copy) A mixture of mains, snacks, pop up and sweet dishes.

£21 or more

summer 2021 £30 Lunch Voucher boost

Pay £21 for a voucher to be used in either May, June or July of 2021 and we will boost it to £30. Lunch is served 12-4 Monday - Sunday

£24 or more

Veggie flavour bombs at home

Pick one of our classic Veggie cafe dishes to enjoy at home. serves Min of 4. Pick up required. * Veggie Haggis and butternut squash lasagna with a herby salad balsamic and basil dressing * Black bean and corn Empanadas, Mexican rice and tortilla chips. * Jamaican carrot, veggie haggis wellington served with hasselback potatoes and a sherry vinegar and pepper sauce.

£25 or more

Vegan Flavourbombs at home Serves 4

Select one of our classic vegan dishes and enjoy it in your own home. You will receive 4 portions. - Vegan Mole poblano ( contains nuts ) herby rice, cinnamon tortilla, oatly cream, tortilla crunch - Vegan wellington, haggis, applewood cheese, jerk carrot, tomato- pepper sherry sauce, pickled pepper and onion with hassle back tatties. Select two options if you would like a starter and a main.

£28 or more

Carnivore Flavour bombs at home

Carnivore Flavour bombs at home for 4 Pick one of classic cafe dishes To enjoy in your own home. Serves min 4. Pick up required. * Pork cheek Mexican Mole, rice, tortilla & sour cream. * Chicken Cacciatore served with herby rice. *Beef &Chorizo Quesadilla served with tortilla chips & salad.

£33 or more

Hoodie with 50% off your meal or free delivery

Own your very own flavour bomb kitchen hoodie. Black with white detail you will be rocking your own piece of flavour bomb history. When you come into collect your hoodie we will also give you 50% off your food lunch bill ( friends and family included) Sizes S,M,L. XL at the moment is not available ( Yes i am raging as i am clearly XL) Lunch is served 12-4 Monday to Friday

£50 or more

£50 food voucher

Pledge £50 today and we'll reward you with... £50 food and drink voucher. You will have priority booking on all flavourbomb project kitchen events.

£60 or more

Sunday Night cookery class

Sunday night cookery class Join me and learn some of my top tips. limited to 6 people per class dates November 1st or 8th

£150 or more

Cookery class / Pop up in your own home

Cookery class in your own house. Invite some friends and let the good times roll. We will create 5 amazing dishes over a 2 hour period with enough spare to feed your pals. Or pay £150 deposit to have your very own flavourbomb kitchen in your own home. Prices start from £40 per head. You will pick your own menu. 5 course tasting menu. Over 5 miles from the city centre will be charged £2.50 per mile. Friday- Sunday availability.

£200 or more

Isolation bubble pop up

Birthday or special event ?for 3 hours Host your very own flavabomb project pop up on a Saturday of your choice at the GCC. The £220 is a deposit that will be subtracted from the bill Minimum Numbers will be 12 and max 20 (covid regulations depending) you will have a complete private party (full building) with full control over everything to make it a special event. Price PP is £44 per head BYOB free 6:45-9:30 with your meal served 7-9

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